About Philip Nanton

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I am a writer and spoken-word performer from St. Vincent and the Grenadines who lives in Barbados. I have performed my work across the Caribbean and internationally. In 2012, I represented St. Vincent & the Grenadines at the Poetry Parnassus in London. My poems and prose essays have been widely published. At ‘Audio & Video‘ above you can hear a selection of my poems with musical accompaniment. Occasional short prose pieces can be found at ‘Authorship‘. In 2008 I produced a spoken word cd ‘Island Voices from St Christopher & the Barracudas‘, an affectionately humorous dramatization of individual voices that capture aspects of island life. I published them as a collection in 2014 with Papillote Press. In 2016 I brought out the poetry collection ‘Canouan Suite & Other Pieces’ with the same publisher. In 2017 I published a monograph ‘Frontiers of the Caribbean’, which takes a new approach to situating the Caribbean in world literature (Manchester University Press). My most recent book is a biography of the neglected Vincentian jazz musician and poet, Shake Keane: ‘Riff: The Shake Keane Story’ (Papillote Press, 2021).